Member Information

Welcome to the member’s page on the Apex Ski Club website.

There are some key guides to help you understand how the club works, how you can volunteer, and parent and athlete expectations. Please review the guides below and if you have any questions, contact our head coach.

Coming soon – Members Handbook and Code of Conduct for the 2017/18 Season.

blue star_1Ski Selection

Guidelines for sizing

It is beneficial to go shorter rather than longer when choosing length for the entry-level participants.

A shorter ski will facilitate turning, allowing quicker progression of basic skills and definitely increasing the athletes’ enjoyment of skiing.

The ski should be between the nose and the top of the forehead for entry level participants.

Longer skis may be appropriate as skill acquisition occurs. Purchasing skis that are too long may impede skill development in the long term.

Please refer to the following weight rating for ski selection:

FIS Equipment Rules 2014-15 (Sept 2014)

Age
Ability Level
Athlete Size
Height
Size SL
Size GS
Size SG
Nancy Greene
U10
Ages 6 – 9

All Abilities

< 75 lbs.

< 43 in.
43 – 48 in.
48 – 53 in.
53 – 57 in.
100 cm
110 cm
120 cm
130 cm

100 cm
110 cm
120 cm
130 cm

N/A

U12
Ages 10-11
All Abilities
> 75 lbs.
< 48 in.
48 – 53 in.
53 – 57 in.
57 – 61 in.
N/A
124 cm
130 cm
136 cm
128 cm
135 cm
142 cm
149 cm
N/A
U14
Ages 12-13
All Abilities
All Sizes
48 – 53 in.
53 – 57 in.
57 – 61 in.
61 – 65 in.
>=130cm
<=188
17m
U16
Ages 14-15
Developing
skills / Skilled
All Sizes
Men and Women
>=130cm
<=188
17m
>=183
30m
U18
Ages 16 & up
FIS Level
Athletes
All Sizes
Women
155 cm
188 cm
*-5cm
30m
205 cm
*-5cm
40m
Men
165 cm
*-10cm 1st yr
195cm
*-5cm
35m
210 cm
*-5cm
45m

Ski Boot Selection

General Mechanics

A distinction needs to be made with respect to performance and comfort factors in boot fitting, keeping in mind that there are 2 options in boots for the entry level athlete; rear entry and overlap design.

Overlap design has a cuff that articulates with the lower shell using a hinge at the ankle joint. This design provides performance for the entry level participant by allowing natural ankle flexion, due to the hinged cuff of the boot.

The overlap design also allows for lateral action of the lower leg, a critical factor in skill development.

Rear entry design is comprised of a single piece of plastic encompassing the foot. This design provides warmth, and is considered to offer a comfortable fit. Rear entry boots are not however recommended for racing.

Boot Flex

For the entry level, a softer boot will be more effective than a stiffer boot, due to strength limitations and skill level.

To determine if a boot is soft enough, you should be able to see the forward boot flexion happening in the upper cuff simultaneously with the lower leg.

If the lower leg moves forward and the upper cuff mover very little, then the boot is too stiff.

The boots should not inhibit the natural alignment of the athlete.

Boot Size

Growth of the participants’ feet during the season needs to be considered, but similar to skis, buying boots oversized is counter-productive for both performance and fit.

Boots that are fitted poorly have the potential to cause bone spurs and possible medical problems in the long term.

Foot beds

These are an important factor for performance but, at the entry level, foot beds do not play an important role due to growth and cost factors. This only becomes a concern at the U14 level.

Please contact the Head Coach of any program should you have any further questions regarding which is the correct equipment for your child